Trends in furry character designs

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Firehazard, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. Firehazard

    Firehazard I can fix it!

    I made a journal post about this recently, but I guess people don't pay attention to those anymore so I'll see if I can get any bites here. Way back in 2009, I created a character who was meant to be a mashup of as many common tropes in furry character design as I could find to create the ultimate stereotypical character—without going all the way over into "lolsparkledogz" territory. The result was a blue klee kai dog (though she swears she's 1/10th wolf) that I named "Klee Shay", and this is what she looked like.


    She also has a "toon" form, which is basically the same minus the clothes, and more recently with a bandana instead of a collar because that's the new thing these days:


    But it's been almost eight years. Surely things have changed in all that time. But other than the bandana thing, there haven't been any emerging trends that have stuck out to me. I think I'm out of touch. I don't really hang out in furry circles nearly as often I used to. Actually I never had any solid plans for her outfit, which is why I've pretty much only drawn the toon version since then.

    So what am I missing, guys? What's the hot new thing nowadays? Links to specific examples would be appreciated.
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  2. Yakamaru

    Yakamaru 100% Weaponized Autism

    Everyone wants to be unique. In that essence, no one is unique. When everyone wanna be unique, then no one is. Which is why I went in the opposite direction, with a much more common species(black wolf), and simple and plain colouring, and work on the backstory instead.

    A lot of people wants to be a Dutch Angel Dragon(I quite frankly, still have no idea what this is, but a lot of people want to be one) something something, with colour schemes/species mixes that, would practically wanna make you never wanna go onto the internet ever again. Some character designs are just.... Ugh. No comment.

    Personally at least, I'd just design my own character based upon how I want him/her, and give zero fucks about trends.

    That being said: Your character's looking nice. Cool design, and cute.
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  3. Sergei Sóhomo

    Sergei Sóhomo Well-Known Member

    You forgot disgusting neon colours splattered about
    Breasts that would make cows jealous
    A pattern on the skin (usually a paw print)
    1 eye covered by hair

    Step up that game senpai

    For best results the lyrics of this song will show you the way

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  4. PlusThirtyOne

    PlusThirtyOne What DOES my username mean...?


    Depending on what tropes you're aiming for, she clearly needs a scar over one eye, hair over the other, snaggletooth, huge boobs and an uncomfortable bulge in her pants. Also, her feral/toon form needs thigh-high socks to match her arm-warmers.
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  5. ZacAttackk

    ZacAttackk professional procrastinator

    When they have paw print patterns on their butt
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  6. Sergei Sóhomo

    Sergei Sóhomo Well-Known Member

    I knew I forgot something
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  7. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox Well-Known Member

    And now everyone wants to be a Sergal or a Rabbit. They're starting to become as common as Wolves and Foxes these days. Funny thing though, I don't usually follow social trends, I picked a Fox well before I knew they were "popular".
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  8. Sergei Sóhomo

    Sergei Sóhomo Well-Known Member

    Yet no one ever does the superior race of all

  9. Mr. Fox

    Mr. Fox Well-Known Member

    Or better yet, the fabled Birdfox.


    But really, all I see is lunch.

  10. Yakamaru

    Yakamaru 100% Weaponized Autism

    Otherwise known as Fords.
  11. nerdbat

    nerdbat Green butt of reason

    Foxes are trendy as hell, thinking about it
  12. sbm1990

    sbm1990 Folf Guitarist

    I love foxes/vixens regardless of how trendy they are. Speaking of which, if furry chicks with sidebangs/flippy hair continues to be a thing, I approve of it. =3
  13. KeitoTheMidnightFox

    KeitoTheMidnightFox ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

    I love foxes too. Reason why my fursona is a fox. I didnt pick him to be a fox cuz hey foxes!!!!! Nah, all my life I have always adored foxes and they just felt so close to me spiritually. And since I have tons of tats and quite a few are foxes. I thought heh my fursona should be a fox.
    But I can see how foxes can tend to be a trendy thing.

    I say, be what you are! :)
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  14. sbm1990

    sbm1990 Folf Guitarist

    Dont you just love it when some furries are always like "WHY UR FURSONA HAVE 2 BE FOX OR WOLF? CANT U BE MOAR ORIGINAL?!!!!!!!" I fucking hate furries that are like that. Frfr Its like if you want to see a rainbow colored dragon/cow/pig hybrid OC that bad, make it yourself! Ill stick to being a folf guitarist. =3
  15. JumboWumbo

    JumboWumbo Banned in two states.

    I've noticed a lot of characters tend to have fur.

    I'm still trying to figure out why, but my research has not given me any answers yet.
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  16. KimberVaile

    KimberVaile Edgy teenage apathy.

    A shitty car manufacturing company that can barely manage to keep their shares above 10 dollars? Not very nice.
  17. KimberVaile

    KimberVaile Edgy teenage apathy.

    Our natural fashion sense tends to be envied by most other species, gays tend to dress the best after all.
  18. Glaedr

    Glaedr King of Laziness

    I never really notice a change in trends. I feel like it's always avians, canines, or reptilians. I'm guilty of this too, though. I try my best to be original when making a commonly used species, but quite frankly, it's incredibly hard to do these days. It feels like everyone has thought of everything. I'll have made a character and about a week later I see one almost just like it. It's always frustrating.

    Anyway, those three seem like the most common to me. Reptilian is probably a little broad, though. I'd say I'm seeing a lot of...dragons? Yeah.
  19. sbm1990

    sbm1990 Folf Guitarist

    Dragons seem to be pretty popular lately. Something Ive been seeing alot of lately in FA is inflation. Not a big fan of it, nor do I get it, but hey whatever floats their boats.
  20. Mobius

    Mobius Mech pilot.

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  21. YukineAlterma

    YukineAlterma Fox of Time

    I swear that is the happiest dog I have ever seen in my life, but it is not far off.

    I feel like the new trend these days are having tons of multiple colors to pop out of the crowd and appear shiny! Then again everyone has their own preference and there is nothing wrong with that x3
  22. MadKiyo

    MadKiyo Villainous Fly

    It should be insects.

    Because we are super stronk and beautiful

    But seriously, it's all over the place. The most common is still the neon colored canine whatever. No big surprise.
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  23. nerdbat

    nerdbat Green butt of reason

    The problem is no matter how fancy your clothes are, you still look gay :^)

    I would suggest you to double down on character design (traits, elements of clothing, implementation of shapes, etc.) - it's the meat of your character's uniquness, really. Just for example, there are tons of instantly memorable and irreplicable human characters in both western (Disney, Looney Toons) or eastern (Studio Ghibli, things like "Cowboy Bebop" and "Ghost In The Shell") animation, and humans are pretty much the most commonly used species around :D And that also explains why so many sparkledogs and dutch angel dragons look so dull and boring - species are fancy, but design behind the chars is often non-existent.
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  24. nerdbat

    nerdbat Green butt of reason

    I'm all for the battos. Does that mean we're mortal enemies now?
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  25. MadKiyo

    MadKiyo Villainous Fly

    1. Not nocturnal, so I don't have to worry about that
    2. Big species of fly, no bat wants to tussle with me

    Bats are no enemy to me.
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